England’s red rose’s scored an emphatic victory over the auld enemy in the re arranged Women’s six nations game against Scotland at Murray field yesterday.
In the game which was originally scheduled for Sunday was postponed along with a host of other sporting fixtures du to storm Ciara was played behind closed doors to help with spectator safety. However, that didn’t hinder England’s performance as they ran in eight tries in a 53-0 win that see’s them sitting pretty at the top of the Women’s Six Nations table, just ahead of rivals Ireland on points difference.
Following on from last years 80-0 win, the team that was well led by skipper Sarah Hunter played some exceptional rugby as the snow fell in the Scottish capital as Full back Emily Scott and Wing Abby Dow both notched up a brace of tries each.
Dow’s follow winger Jess Breach also crossed along with Number eight Hunter, prop forward Sarah Bern and substitute Claudia MacDonald. World player of the year Emily Scarratt was also on good form with the boot adding a personal haul of 13 points from five conversions and a penalty.
It was also a game to remember for Scarratt as she over took team mate Katy Daley-Mclean as England woman’s all time leading points scorer with 539.
Following the game player of the match Scott spoke to the BBC saying;
“It was really difficult. It's not often you play in the snow like this and it got icy towards the end as well.
“We handled the postponement well. We kept our heads switched on and knew we had to perform. We had hot water in drinks bottles to keep our hands warm which was a dream.”
While Head coach Simon Middleton described the performance as;
“It's a seven out of 10. It was a pretty good performance bearing in mind the conditions. We're pleased with the score and particularly with keeping Scotland to nil because they've got dangerous players.”
“We've played two games away against two very good sides in totally contrasting conditions. I'm thrilled and we've got plenty to build on. The most important thing is we can see progression in the side. There's a great buzz in the changing room.”
Although the conditions possible meant they were unable to hit the highs of last season after already defeating France in the opening game they remain on course to defend their Grand Slam title from last season and should they defeat their closest rivals Ireland when they host them on February 23rd only Wales and Italy would stand in their way.
Scotland: Rollie; Lloyd, Thomson, Nelson, Tonkin; Law, McDonald; Bartlett, Skeldon, Forsyth, Wassell, Bonar, Malcolm, McLachlan, Konkel.
Replacements: Wright, Muzambe, Cockburn, Cattigan, McMillan, Law, Sergeant, Wallace.
England: Scott; Dow, Scarratt, Reed, Breach; Harrison, Hunt; Cornborough, Davies, Bern, Cleall, Aldcroft, Beckett, Fleetwood, Hunter.
Replacements: Cokayne, Botterman, Brown, Millar-Mills, Harper, MacDonald, Daley-Mclean, McKenna.